Author: Dan Bacher

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Trump has big plans for (stealing) California’s water (to give away to millionaires)

The Trump administration plans to sign a revised biological opinion to maximize water deliveries to corporate agribusiness as Trump and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt visit California today and tomorrow. By Dan Bacher In response,  Noah Oppenheim, executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), and Morning Star Gali, member of the Pit […]

February 19th

Trump will visit California to sign awful salmon-killing water plan

In the latest volley in the California Water Wars, President Donald Trump will travel to Bakersfield in the southern San Joaquin Valley on Wednesday, February 19, to sign a Record of Decision (ROD) on his controversial federal Biological Opinion that maximizes water deliveries from the pumps that divert water from the San Francisco Bay-Delta. By Dan Bacher Conservation groups believe that Trump’s alliance with powerful corporate […]

February 17th

Australia fires, California fires – it’s time to end fossil fuel production!

With Australians reeling from apocalyptic fires and California’s increasingly deadly fire season stoked by the looming climate crisis, a bipartisan group of elected officials across the state will stand in solidarity with the people of Australia and urge Governor Newsom to take emergency action at a press conference on the south steps of the State Capitol in […]

February 13th

Remember BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster? It was even bigger than we thought.

Toxic and invisible oil spread well beyond the known satellite footprint of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to a new study led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. By Dan Bacher “These new findings have important implications for environmental health during future oil spills,” according […]

February 13th

Tar Sands Pipelines: In Canada, militarized police attack indigenous peoples on their own land

From the Indigenous Environmental Network: Watch this video of heavily militarized police invading #Wetsuweten territories. Right now dozens of militarized police with assault rifles and dogs have been deployed against unarmed Wet’suwet’en land defenders on unceded Indigenous land. Militarized RCMP Raid Gidimt'en Monitoring Post at 39KM SHARE WIDELY – This morning at approximately 4:30am, heavily militarized RCMP invaded unceded […]

February 7th

California tribal members and youth ask for North state hearings and river protection at Delta Tunnel hearing

Northern California Tribal members, supporters, and members of the Hoopa High School water protector club traveled to Sacramento to ask the state of California to protect the Trinity and Sacramento Rivers, and to schedule meetings in Northern California on the Governor’s proposed Delta Conveyance Project, according to a press release from Save California Salmon. By […]

February 4th

Should big oil be able to drill next to schools, homes and hospitals? California says NO!

Unlike many other oil and gas producing states including Texas, Colorado and Pennsylvania, supposedly “green” California has currently no health and safety zones around oil and gas drilling operations. For example, the state of Texas requires fracking operations to maintain 250 foot setbacks. This is by no means adequate for health and safety protections, but it […]

January 30th

Drill baby drill – California taxpayers to pay $500 million to clean up “orphan wells”

Both the Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom administrations expanded oil and gas drilling in California, with the Brown administration approving 21,000 new or reworked well permits and Newsom’s regulators approving over 4,049 new or reworked permits as of November 4, 2019. With the mushrooming of permits for new or reworked wells comes another problem: what happens when […]

January 27th

A single water-stealing Delta Tunnel is no better than the twin tunnels plan

On January 15, in response to the Notice of Preparation by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) for review of a single tunnel through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Don Nottoli, chair of the Delta Counties Coalition (DCC), made the following statement on behalf of the five jurisdictions that would be most negatively impacted including […]

January 21st